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Selwyn Times: July 18, 2017

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4 Tuesday July 18 2017 Latest Christchurch news at News SELWYN TIMES Getting to the toilets TOUGH: Maddie has to have dialysis every night, and regularly has to visit Starship Children’s Hospital for treatment. Maddie’s treatment jumps to $750,000 •From page 1 They are still waiting on the test results. This year, Maddie was told the daily dialysis treatment she is on has put so much strain on her heart, she is at risk of a heart attack while she stays on it – making the need for a kidney transplant more urgent. Her mother, Sarah Manson Collins, said the family was doing their best to stay positive. She said they could get a call from the hospital at any point to say they had found a kidney that was a match for Maddie, so they had to be ready to fly back to the United States at short notice. But she said Maddie was glad to be home again. “She’s just happy to be back with her horses,” she said. The treatment offered in the United States, which is not available in New Zealand, makes it less likely Maddie’s body will reject a donated kidney, even if it is not a perfect match. Maddie’s father, Adam Collins, donated one of his kidneys to her in 2012, but her body rejected it. Givealittle pages have already raised more than $90,000 for Maddie, and tickets for a fundraising night later this month have already sold out. Donated items, including artwork and signed sports jerseys, are being auctioned on TradeMe as a fundraiser under the user name maddieauction. at Tai Tapu a mission • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding LOCATING THE Tai Tapu public toilets has turned into a mission for visitors travelling through the township. Confusing signage is making it difficult for travellers to track down the recently upgraded public toilets at the Rhodes Domain off the Old Tai Tapu Rd. The trouble begins when motorists first see a standard toilet sign located on State Highway 75 at the intersection of the Old Tai Tapu Rd and Lincoln Tai Tapu Rd. The sign points towards The Store located at 687 Christchurch Akaroa Rd rather than the Old Tai Tapu Rd. It is located about 1.6km from the toilets and no sign is in place at the domain. Tai Tapu Library chairman Robert White can guarantee every time his volunteer-run library is open, three quarters of people who come in to see him will ask about the toilets. The Store duty manager Hayley Jensen said the cafe gets between six to 12 people a week PROBLEMATIC: A sign on State Highway 75 has left visitors to Tai Tapu confused. asking where the toilets are. “Happens all the time, we don’t mind,” she said. Mr White has brought the issue of a sign needing to be at the domain up with the district council and the Tai Tapu Community Committee before. He said he would like additional toilet signs in the township clearly worded where the toilets are located. “It is such a simple, easy thing to do and it just defies logic so I thought I would give them a stir-up,” he said. Committee chairman Gerald Carter said the signage issue was brought up at its last meeting with district councillor Grant Miller and is being pursued. New public toilets are planned to be included in the Tai Tapu community centre at the Rhodes park. Cr Miller said the issue should be able to be easily resolved. •HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think the signage for the location of the Tai Tapu toilets is confusing? Email your views to georgia. West Melton Stay active this winter at your local recreation centre Term 3 Recreation Classes – July to September 2017 With over 20 types of classes on offer there is really something for everyone. Look out for the brochure in your letterbox* or pick one up from your local library, service centre or the Selwyn District Council. Also available on our websites. Lincoln Event Centre Baby Gym (12wks+) and Mini Gym (1–2yrs) returns this term – a fun way to learn movement skills. Or join Step (aerobics) – a great workout suited to all fitness levels. 15 Meijer Drive, Lincoln 347 2983, Rolleston Community Centre New this term is a one-off floral art workshop or stay motivated with others in a group BoxFit or Spin class. 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston 347 2882, *Rolleston and Lincoln residents only Event Centre Community Centre

Fire rages, homes at risk SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Tuesday July 18 2017 5 Your community news online Make us your homepage! Council funding policy under fire • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding PLANS TO have the district council increase its standard funding for the rebuild of the Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall has drawn criticism over its policy on funding of community centres. The district council approved a decision to increase its original funding of $167,788 to $417,697 for the Mark Alexander hall’s rebuild at its meeting last Wednesday. Dedicated to commemorating the 14 Lakeside men who lost their lives in World War 1, the original hall was damaged beyond repair in the February 22, 2011, earthquake. The new hall is estimated to cost $1,670,788. A presentation was made by professor Ian Lochhead on the hall’s importance to the community and was accompanied by the hall management committee. The new facility to be located on Harts Rd will include a multipurpose hall, a courtyard, kitchen and bar, storage, bathrooms and a service room. REBUILD: Plans showing the exterior of the Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall from the courtyard and an interior view of the “long room.” Professor Lochhead said the hall was sorely missed by the community as it was a key place for major events. Nearly $50,000 had already been raised already by the community. But a debate was ignited at the meeting over the district council’s lack of consultation with the community over the funding boost. At the meeting, district councillor Mark Alexander said the funding should have been in the Annual Plan 2017/2018 consultation. “I am very disappointed that one month after the adoption of the Annual Plan we are asked to increase the council subsidy for this building,” he said. Cr Alexander and Cr Watson did not vote for the increase. Hall Management Committee chairman Dennis Carter said if the funding was not increased it would struggle and the court yard may need to be cut from the project. “It would be an embarrassment to the district council and to us,” he said. Professor Lochhead said a firm commitment was made by the district council to reinstate the hall when consent was granted for demolition in 2013. The district council’s general practice is to provide a grant of 10 per cent towards the capital cost of new community centres rather than the 25 per cent it will for the Lakeside hall. Increased funding on an average of 27 per cent granted for the West Melton, Tai Tapu and Dunsandel community centres recently. As part of the draft Long-Term Plan 2018-2019 consultation is to be held on the introduction of a new district-wide rate for community centres and halls. District councillor Pat McEvedy said Lakeside had the right to rebuild their community. Said district councillor Grant Miller: “I think we have got ourselves to blame for this situation . . . now more than ever we need a district-wide policy.” A building and resource consent for the building will be lodged next month with plans for it to be completed by August 2018. •HAVE YOUR SAY: What do you think of the plans to rebuild the Lakeside Soldiers Memorial Hall? Email your views to georgia.oconnor@ THE JEwEllEry ValuaTion SpEcialiSTS Caring for your jewellery since 1990 Christchurch Casino Golden Oldies Sports Celebration 1 - 29 April, 2018 • Personal service with your professional valuer • Qualified, experienced gemologist & diamond graders • All valuations completed on premises • Validate + Research + Knowledge = Value New Location: 2/301 Lincoln Road | (03) 332 4233 | Enter On Line Now! Cricket Basketball Softball Football Rugby Squash Netball Hockey Golf Lawn Bowls • For The Love Of The Game Lady Wigram Retirement Village Stage 2 Now Selling New Villas Available For Occupation Now • Large living with modern kitchen and internal access garage • Two double bedrooms • Situated close to the Landing Shopping Centre • Open home open daily from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday Contact us for villa inspection or to visit 121 Skyhawk Road, Wigram. Sarah Jacobson - Village Manager Phone 027 3411 464